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Maybe it's aliens, or maybe it's volcanoes – HotAir

Maybe it's aliens, or maybe it's volcanoes – HotAir

The most recent, restless search for new insight began last September, when scientists announced that they had discovered evidence of a gas called phosphine floating in Venus’s clouds.The latest entry suggests a rather explosive explanation: If there’s phosphine in Venus’s clouds, it’s probably not because of aliens, but because of volcanoes.But the phosphine detection was a flicker of evidence, not definitive proof, and the flashy discovery transformed into a slow-burning debate as other scientists joined in.Still others argued that the signal corresponded to an entirely different gas.

New scientific papers have regularly cropped up since, swinging the discussion in one direction or the other.It was quite the surprise: Based on what’s known about phosphine, the gas isn’t supposed to survive for very long in the planet’s atmosphere.

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